Last week on our facebook page, we did a contest with the theme “Shallow Depth of Field.” Over 1,100 people entered the contest with their shallow DOF photos and it was REALLY fun looking through all of the creative entries. Most of the photos were portraits, but there were quite a few non-people photos in there as well.
The winner of the contest was Rachel Jones for her photo that is pictured below. For those of you who missed them, the runner up and honorable mention photos are linked below as well.
Winner: Rachel Jones (pictured below)
The runner up is Cheryl Robinson Cramer for this photo– https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=4954957595024&set=o.120680597943142&type=1&theater
Honorable mention: Ashley Mendenhall Moss: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=4419959370038&set=o.120680597943142&type=1&theater
Honorable Mention: Judy Tomlinson -https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151296969441678&set=o.120680597943142&type=1&theater
Honorable Mention: Robynn Jablonski -https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=455282694507954&set=o.120680597943142&type=1&theater
I asked Rachel to write up a quick post to describe how she made her contest-winning photo and she was nice enough to do it. Here’s Rachel…
“Look, it’s snow!”, a sweet little four year old said as we walked into the park. Our 5 minute walk from our cars had been filled with snow, but her pure wonderment, and joy at that moment could not have been more sincere. That sincere wonder is what I tried to capture in my image.
It was important to me to not only showcase my subject/her happiness, but to also showcase the object of her happiness. People often get so focused on one part or level of their subject, so of course, their portrait only includes one aspect of their subject. If the snow wasn’t also a prominent part of my image, it wouldn’t really communicate her love for it, would it?
I shoot with a Canon EOS Rebel XS camera, and for this image I shot with a Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 lens. My settings: Aperture: f/2.8, Shutter speed: 1/1600s, and ISO:400. My image SOOTC was a bit on the dark side, so I corrected that and added a bit of “polish” to my image in Photoshop CS5. Sometimes I use “Textures” on my images to enhance colors, but this image was edited using only the knowledge I gained through my Bachelor’s degree from BYU-Idaho.
I just want to quickly add that I am so grateful for the compliment of winning this contest, and all the compliments given from the fans of Improve Photography, thank you! I hope my image will inspire you to do more then praise the camera, lens, and the creator of it. I hope it will inspire you to learn more about photography, your love for it, your style and place in it, and the joy that is shared with it. I think that Improve Photography has given many (including myself) a wonderful opportunity to learn how to better understand the Art of being a photographer, but I hope you won’t stop here! Don’t just read about it, do it! And don’t just practice it, create/communicate with it!”
See more of Rachel’s work on her website: www.racheljonesphotos.com